Part 1: Nightwing's Daughter
by Cerulean Leader
"Hey, Melvin! Where are you headed now?" asked a thirteen year old girl as she walked up to her older, adoptive sister who was standing at the front door with her shoulder-length blonde hair tied up in a high ponytail. She turned around to face the younger girl.
"Hi, Hope, I was just heading out to do something for your mum." she smiled. "Have you seen Teether, by the way? I need to talk to him..."
"Can I come?" Hope asked, her large blue eyes pleading with the girl who was basically her older sister. Melvin, who had recently turned twenty-four, placed her hands on top of the younger girl's shoulders and looked at her. Hope was a slender girl, stubborn but cheerful; she had purple hair, a slightly darker shade than her mother's, her eyes were a cerulean blue to match her father's and her skin tone was like her father's, unlike Raven's whose was grey-tinted.
Melvin had been under Raven's care since the age of eight years old. She had been five years old when she and her brothers, Timmy and Teether, plus her 'imaginary' friend Bobby, had first met Raven; the sorceress had been given the mission to protect them and had saved them from being kidnapped by the Brotherhood of Evil. A few years later, they had contacted the team and had been taken under the Titan's wing for a little while.
The Teen Titans didn't disband, but only went by 'The Titans' as Cyborg had started reaching his early twenties. They had expanded the tower, making it bigger and combining a suite for Robin and Raven after announcing they were dating a few years after Starfire and Robin broke (who was overjoyed for the two), and Starfire's room a little bigger for when she wanted to spend more time with her boyfriend, Speedy, or Roy Harper.
A few years passed once again, and Melvin and her siblings had been officially adopted by Raven and her new husband, Richard, and now lived with them.
Then, Hope was born, and they were looking after four children.
"No, sorry, Hope." Melvin said with a sympathetic glance. "Maybe next time. Go ask your dad."
"But he's working on a case right now with Grandpa in the Evidence Room." Hope whined, folding her arms stubbornly. "They won't let me inside. When I tried to sneak in, mum saw me and used her powers to keep me out. Why am I not that advanced with my magic?"
"Maybe that's why he won't let you go on patrol with him; because your powers haven't fully developed or he's just worried that you'll get hurt."
"You were five when yours fully developed! Timmy was at least eight, and Teether was two. I'm thirteen!"
"Isn't this something you should go ask Raven about? I mean, she has pretty much the same powers as you."
"...That might be a good idea." said the purple-haired girl with a sigh, twirling a strand of hair around her finger like she did when she was annoyed or bored. "Anyway, thanks, Melvin." With that, she gave the taller girl a hug and walked towards the kitchen as Melvin walked out the front door.
"She's too young, Bruce, and she won't stop nagging me. She just wants to come on patrol with me..." Richard said as he examined one of the objects in his glove-covered hands. They were sorting through the old products they had confiscated off petty villains who tried to 'invade' the city. He was currently holding one of Control Freak's remotes.
"She's almost exactly like you. You were nine when you started crime-fighting with me, and you managed to annoy me enough to let you be my partner." Bruce replied patiently, taking the remote from his adopted son's hands. "Maybe let her go once and see if being a hero is something she wants to do. Have you talked to Raven about this?"
"No, not yet. Neither has Hope, I think, because Rae would've confronted me about this by now. But I should talk to her..."
Suddenly, the watch on Bruce's wrist beeped, flashing red with the bat symbol.
"There's a robbery in Gotham. I'll see you soon, Dick." he said, walking out of the dark room. 'He wished his farewell to Raven, who was in the kitchen, on the way out and pressed a few buttons on his watch to summon the bat-mobile.
Richard sighed, his blue eyes looking at the door where his mentor had just walked out of. Should he talk to Raven about this? What if she knew? She could easily read minds through her telepathy powers after all, or read his thoughts unintentionally because of their bond. He could read her's as well, but he had to focus a lot more to be able to because it wasn't a natural power; it had been made by accident when Raven had invaded his mind in order to save him from Slade's illusion all those years ago.
Exiting the room, the metal door zipped itself closed, automatically closing itself so none of their children other than Melvin could go snooping inside. He walked back to the bedroom he shared with his wife, opened the mirror wardrobe and grabbed the remote that was sitting on the bed. He pressed one of the buttons, and his clothes disappeared, turning the wall aroun to reveal a metal capsule that held his Nightwing suit. He removed the suit, slipping on the pants and removing his undershirt. Raven then walked in, and stopped dead, while Richard looked up in surprise.
Raven was now blushing, and she shielded her eyes. Even after all these years, she was still embarrassed.
"Sorry, Dick." she murmured, blocking her eyes as she walked towards the bathroom. "I'm just grabbing some hand cream..."
"Rae, you can look." he laughed. "We are now married now, after all. You're still embarrassed, and we've been married for how long?"
She turned and glared at him as she walked out of the bathroom with a tube of hand cream in her left hand. "Shoosh up, Bird Boy." she snapped as her husband slipped on the top half of his uniform. He smirked, running a hand through his newly cut, spiky hair. He had recently cut it, after letting it grow just below his shoulders. Now he sort of looked like his younger self, just with not as much hair gel.
Richard walked towards the half-demoness, holding his domino mask in his hand. "Raven, I need to talk to you about Hope..."
She raised an eyebrow in question, and followed him to sit on the end of their bed. "What's wrong with her?"
He scratched the back of his head, a little hesitant to tell her. Her eyes glowed white for a minute, and then he waved his hands in front of him. "Alright, I'll tell you! You don't need to go through my thoughts!" he exclaimed, and her eyes faded back to their normal purple colour.
"She... She keeps asking to go on patrol with me. I've been saying no, but she keeps asking me if she can come. I'm beginning to consider to let her come, but not until you agree." he explained, waiting for her answer. She smirked in response.
"I was wondering when you were going to bring this up. Both of you don't realize, but you project your thoughts and feelings that I bet other telepaths can hear your thoughts, so I already knew. She hasn't confronted me about it, but even if she did, I'd advise her to get your consent first. You don't realize it, but she is so much like you."
He sweat-dropped, falling back on the bed as he put his now glove-covered palms to his face, as he had put them on while she was talking. "Do I let her come tonight, then?" he asked, his voice slightly muffled by his large hands.
Raven smiled, and pulled him back up beside her. "I think she'd be well prepared for just a night of patrolling around Jump City. Ty(1) has already done it with Roy and Starfire, so why not Hope? She's had a lot of combat training from you, she's a fairly talented gymnast, and she's getting better at using her powers. I think she's more than ready."
Richard stood up and kissed her forehead, while she closed her eyes. "Alright, I'll be back earlier tonight, then. But she needs-"
"She already has a costume." Raven said, standing up and following Richard through the door, and down the hallway towards Hope's room. "She's been holding onto it for weeks. I accidently came across it when I was cleaning up her room a few days ago, and I found it hidden under her bed."
He looked at his wife in confusion, before tapping his knuckles gently against the metal surface. "Hope?" he called. "Your mother and I wish to speak to you."
Soon, the door swept open to reveal the teenager. Once she saw her father in his costume, she pouted. "Am I in trouble?"
Raven shook her head, and her and Richard stepped inside the girl's room. "No, but we do have something we'd like to tell you." she said, glancing around her daughter's room, then back at Hope in disapproval. Hope laughed nervously, before levitating the clothes with her telekinetic powers. They were surrounded by a light blue aura, similar to Raven's when she was healing someone, and then they folded themselves. Her bed then started to make itself as well.
Hope's room was painted a mixture of blue and green, the colours mixing together to take the colour schemes of a rainforest. She now had a bed that slightly bigger than a normal single bed but wasn't big enough to be a double bed that had a baby blue cover on it with a pine-wood bed frame, a bed side-table with her lamp, digital clock and mobile phone, a desk with books, a few CD's, a walk-in cupboard on the other side of the room, and a large window which had an amazing few of the bay in Jump City.
Seeing as their house resided on the same island as Titan's Tower was located, which was still the headquarters for the team (an underground tunnel led them towards the inside; same with Starfire's. Garfield and Victor still resided in the tower, and Bumblebee had moved in with them because she was married to Vic.
Richard shook his head in amusement before taking a deep breath. "Now, I want you to listen to me carefully. Please do not scream when we tell you..."
"Yeah, what is it?"
He glanced at Raven. "If you haven't already guessed, it's my turn to go on patrol tonight, and I'm going to let you come with me."
Hope's own blue eyes widened, as a large grin spread across her face. "Are you guys serious?" she exclaimed. "Really? Thankyou! This is going to be awesome!" She ran forward and wrapped her arms around her dad's torso.
Raven smiled as well as Hope hugged her too. "Now, go get changed into your costume. I have a couple of things downstairs for you." the sorceress said, dragging Richard out of the room. They walked downstairs into the lounge room, and sat down on the couch and talked for a little while as they waited for Hope.
"It's good that you're letting her come along." Raven said as she smiled softly. The woman had changed too; she had let her grow to just sit on her shoulders, and her bangs were slightly longer, her features more developed and womanly. Her eyes nor her chakra had changed. Instead of wearing her cloak over her clothes all the time, she was seen wearing a pair of leggings with a singlet top or a long-sleeve top, only wearing her cloak and leotard when she was going on patrol.
Same with Richard; he had grown more muscles because of his training, and had had another growth spurt. He was lean, but not to the extent of Superman. He now just wore sweatpants and a t-shirt around the house, but wore a suit whenever he went to work at police station as a detective.
Soon, they heard footsteps from the staircase and the two parents turned their head to see their daughter.
"So, how do I look?"
A/N: Whoo! Another Titans' fic! I decided to make this a two-shot because I don't like the computer than I'm on at the moment, so I'll finish this piece of soon. What do you guys think? You'll be introduced to Hope as a 'junior hero' soon. I have a costume and a name in my head, but I don't think 'Lapsae' (soaring in Latin) is a good name. If you have any ideas, could you let me know?
So what did you guys think? I actually didn't mind it, I think I did okay.
(1) So I've made another OC. Guys, meet Ty Harper who will later be introduced when I do the Starfire/Speedy coupling in As the Future Begins. Also, bear with me on that, I'll probably update on Sunday, because that's the day I get my laptop back. :3
THIS CHAPTER HAS BEEN EDITED. Thanks to Smiles-X-Giggles for pointing out my mistakes, once again. :)
Word Count: 2,067
If there is any grammatical errors, please point them out in the review. Constructive criticism is accepted and encouraged, whereas flames are NOT. Do not flame me just because I ship Raven and Robin or Starfire and Speedy or Cyborg and Bumblebee together, alright? It's ridiculous! So play nice, please? :)